Posted by on 26/03/2014
Coromandel MP Scott Simpson has described the discovery of Kauri dieback in a forest north of Whitianga as disappointing but says everything possible will be done to contain the disease and prevent further areas becoming infected.
â€œThis is a real blow for local DOC staff and the many community volunteers who have worked tremendously hard to protect and regenerate Coromandelâ€™s kauri forests.â€
â€œAt this stage further testing is underway to establish the scale of the problem. In the meantime, DOC is in the process of contacting those who reside near the area as well as hunters and others to advise them of the precautions that need to be taken,â€ Mr Simpson said.
The discovery was made in two young trees in the Whangapoua Forest/Hukarahi Conservation Area.
The Ministerâ€™s decision to immediately close the affected area is a precautionary approach and will reduce the risk of spread. I support his decision.
I would like to urge all members of the public to be extra vigilant in ensuring they remove all visible soil and plant material from shoes, equipment and vehicles before and after visiting kauri forests,â€ said Mr Simpson.